The Mercury’s 300-year heritage will be celebrated in the name and decor of a new pub in the newspaper’s former offices.
JD Wetherspoon has this week revealed the name of its new venue in Sheep Market.
The pub will be called The Stamford Post, which was the original title of the Mercury when it was first launched in about 1710.
The Post was published for two years before being renamed the Mercury in 1712. It has been published continuously since.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The Rutland and Stamford Mercury is at the heart of the community and our new pub, being built on its former offices, will reflect the newspaper’s important contribution to the town.”
Front pages from the Mercury’s rich history will also be used in the decor of the new pub, along with information about the newspaper.
The Stamford Post name was chosen after extensive research into the history of the Sheepmarket offices.
Other options considered reflected previous uses of the site and the surrounding area, along with famous Stamford residents who lived nearby.
Work on the new pub began in early February. The Stamford Post is due to open on May 27. The company aims to create 50 jobs.
Once work is complete, people will be able to enjoy the new pub from 8am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am to 1am Fridays and Saturdays.
The original opening hours of 8am to 11.30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 11pm on Sundays, imposed by South Kesteven District Council, were changed after the company argued it should be given a level playing field with other pubs.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We believe the pub will be a great asset to the town and that the investment by Wetherspoon will act as a catalyst for other companies to invest in the area.”